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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center

Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center is the Silicon Valley center affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, FPMT.  We are located in Campbell, California.


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by Tubten Pende
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Perfection of Meditation from Master Shantideva's Bodhisattva Way of Life with Tubten Pende Fridays, June 7, 21, 28, July 12, 26, 2013 7:00pm - 8:30pm How do bodhisattvas meditate? In his renowned text, The Way of the Bodhisattva, Shantideva provides a guide to meditation through equalizing and exchanging self with others. Consequently, this instruction has become fundamental for the training of the mind in altruism and the bodhisattva vehicle. Whether we are ready for the yogi's life or not,...
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by Jon Landaw
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Training Our Mind, Changing Our Life with Jon Landaw ​ Thursdays, 10:30am – 12:00pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) May 6 – June 17, 2021 no class on June 3 (6 sessions) ​When we experience difficulties or conflicts in our life, we often blame them on someone or something outside ourself. “If only she were nicer to me…if only he stopped behaving like that…if only we had a different system of government…then I wouldn’t be having all these problems.” But according to the Buddha...
Topics: dharma, Jon Landaw
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Don Isaacson
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Buddhism in a Nutshell with Don Isaacson Mondays, 6:00pm – 7:30pm January 25 – February 15, 2021 ​(4 classes) Are you interested in Buddhism but don't know where to begin? Have you heard words like dharma and karma and samsara thrown around and wondered what they mean or why they matter?  Would you like a quick overview of Buddhism without making a long-term commitment?  This is the course for you! This course provides a general presentation of basic Buddhist concepts and practices...
Topics: dharma, Don Isaacson
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Don Isaacson
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The Foundation of Buddhist Practice with Don Isaacson Thursdays, 7:00pm–8:30pm May 16 – 30, 2019 June 27 July 11 August 29 –September 12 October 3 ,  17, 2 4, November 7 November 21 December 5 –19 January 9 –30, 2020 February 20 –27 April 2 –23 May 7 –June 25 In this class we will study the second of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s series of books intended for Western and contemporary Asian students.  The first book gave a way to approach the Buddhist Path. This second volume...
Topics: dharma, Don Isaacson
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Discovering Buddhism: Refuge in the Three Jewels with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm October 21 – November 18, 2014 (5 classes) What makes someone a Buddhist? A Buddhist is a person who takes refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha — the "Three Jewels."  Find out more about the Three Jewels, what taking refuge actually means, and why the Three Jewels are suitable objects of refuge.  We will also explore the essential practices of refuge.
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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by David Gray
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Tibetan Buddhism, Zen, and Dzogchen with Professor David Gray Monday, December 16, 2013 7:00pm - 8:30pm Join us for an evening with Professor David Gray. We will talk about the history of religious interactions between China and Tibet, culminating in the fascinating Samye debate between Kamalashila and Dharma Master Mo-he-yen. We will discuss the impact this had on Tibetan Buddhism, most notably on the Dzogchen and sutra-based Mahamudra contemplative traditions. David Gray is an Associate...
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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa
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The Easy Path with Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa Sunday, 11:30am–​1:30pm February 26, 2017 March 26 April 30 May 28 Saturday, 10:00am–​12:00pm May 12, 2018 June 9 July 14, 28 August 11 November 10 December 8 January 12, 2019 May 18 June 8 July 13 March 20, 2021 April 17 May 15 The First Panchen Lama’s Easy Path (de lam), written nearly four hundred years ago, is like a chest of jewels that has, until now, been locked to English speakers. This translation , with Gyumed Khensur...
Topics: dharma, Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Emily Hsu
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Discovering Buddhism: Getting to Nirvana with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm January 6 – February 10, 2015 (5 classes) In this Discovering Buddhism class, we will explore the natures of samsara and nirvana , investigate the source of our problems and dissatisfaction, and learn how to move toward attaining a lasting state of peace and happiness. The terms samsara and nirvana describe how life is, and how it could be. We are all stuck in samsara — our lives seem to be an endless cycle...
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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven Sangye Khadro
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Meditation 101 with Ven. Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald) Mondays, 6:00pm – 7:30pm May 3 – 31, 2021 ​(5 classes) ​​Buddhist Meditation 101 is an introductory course to Buddhist meditation. It is suitable for people encountering both meditation and Buddhism for the first time, as well as for people who have done some meditation in other traditions but would like to know more about how meditation is practiced in Tibetan Buddhism. It provides an overview of meditation in general and...
Topics: dharma, Ven Sangye Khadro
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven Robina Courtin
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When the Chocolate Runs Out with Ven. Robina Courtin Friday, August 18, 2017 7:00pm – 9:00pm We love chocolate. Perhaps so much so that on some level we may believe, "As long as I have chocolate, I'll be happy." This is the power of attachment at work. And based on this attachment, we create a chocolate-based philosophy and order our life prioritizing chocolate. But sometimes, we can't get our hands on any chocolate. And when the chocolate disappears, we get nervous, upset: "Oh...
Topics: dharma, Ven Robina Courtin
The Twelve Links of Dependent Origination — The Wheel of Life with Emily Hsu Sunday, November 1, 2020 9:30am – 12:30pm Why are we in our current situation? How did we get here, and where are we going? In this class on the Twelve Links of Dependent Origination, we will discuss the Wheel of Life, what samsara is, how we become trapped in and perpetuate the cycle of suffering, and how to become free once and for all.
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven Robina Courtin
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Karma and Emptiness — How to Loosen the Grip of Ego and Gain Wisdom with Ven. Robina Courtin Saturday, August 19, 2017 10:00am – 4:00pm We spend our lives being seduced by the outside world, believing completely that happiness and suffering come from "out there." But "everything we experience is our own karmic appearance," says Lama Zopa Rinpoche. "Everything is made up by our own minds." By understanding emptiness — that everything occurs in dependence upon...
Topics: dharma, Ven Robina Courtin
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by Rob Preece
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The Psychology of Buddhist Tantra with Rob Preece Monday, September 2, 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm Please join Rob Preece as he explores how we can enable the profound tradition of Tantra to become beneficial and accessible to the western psychological nature. Rob Preece has been a practicing Tibetan Buddhist for the past 40 years. He was a founding member of Manjushri Institute in the UK and lived there until 1980 when he went into retreat above Dharamsala on the guidance of Lama Yeshe and Zopa...
Topics: dharma, Rob Preece
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by Emily Hsu
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Discovering Buddhism: Mind and its Potential with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm January 12 – February 9, 2016 (5 classes) ​Examine what is “mind,” its nature and function, and how it affects our experience of happiness and suffering. Come explore the differentiation between mind and brain, mind as the creator of our experiences, and the implications of possessing a mind that has no beginning and no end. In addition, learn methods to transform destructive thoughts and attitudes...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
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by Don Isaacson
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Buddhism in a Nutshell with Don Isaacson Mondays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm January 11 – February 1, 2016 This is an introductory course that provides a general overview of basic Buddhist philosophy for complete beginners or a “refresher” for those who have some experience. It does not assume that those who come for this course know anything at all about Buddhism or about meditation.  Anyone is welcome to attend who is interested in learning something about Buddhism in its various forms...
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by Rob Preece
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Mahamudra: Meditation on the Nature of Mind with Rob Preece Monday, February 29, 2016 7:00pm – 9:00pm Most of our time we are caught up in the entanglement of our ordinary conceptual mind. This gives us very little peace and happiness. When we go beneath this ordinary mind in meditation we discover the deeper mind’s innate clarity, spaciousness and radiance. This has always been there but we need to taste its nature to feel its potential for peace and liberation.
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by Emily Hsu
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Understanding and Contemplating Emptiness with Emily Hsu Thursdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm April 21 – June 23, 2016 July 14 – August 11, 2016 September 15 – 29, 2016 According to Buddhism, the fundamental cause of all our problems and suffering is a misunderstanding of how the self and other phenomena exist. If we want to rid ourselves of suffering, it is essential for us to realize how things actually exist — the emptiness of inherent existence. There is no other way. “We cannot get rid...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
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by Tubten Pende
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How We Acquire Knowledge with Tubten Pende Sunday, 11:15am –​ 12:45pm October 8, 2017 November 12 December 10 January 14, 2018 February 11 The Buddha advised us to thoroughly subdue our minds, as our experiences — good or bad — arise from actions of our body, speech and mind; with the mind being the principal creator of action and experience. Regarding the mind, objects appear to it and it apprehends them. Based on these two functions, the mind can be identified and studied, especially...
Topics: dharma, Tubten Pende
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven René Feusi
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Meditation on The Seven-Point Instruction on Mind Training by Geshe Chekawa with Ven. René Feusi Saturday, October 13, 2018, 10:00am  –  5:00pm Sunday, October 14, 10:00am  –  5:00pm Homage to great compassion These instructions handed down by Serlingpa, Help us transform the problems in these degenerate times Into factors supporting our progress to enlightenment In this way they are similar to a diamond, the sun, and a medicinal tree POINT 1: GROUNDWORK First, do the groundwork....
Topics: dharma, Ven René Feusi
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Tubten Pende
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The Three Principal Aspects of the Path with Tubten Pende Second Sunday of the month 11:00am –​ 12:30pm March 14, 2021 April 11 May 16 June 13 Lama Tsongkhapa's special guru, Manjushri, provided this instruction to him. It is the quintessence of all advice on what we need to focus on in our practice to realize our optimum potential, buddhahood. Pende will discuss at length the three principal aspects: renunciation, the spirit of enlightenment (bodhicitta), and the correct view.
Topics: dharma, Tubten Pende
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Rob Preece
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The Three Kayas with Rob Preece Monday, March 4, 2019 ​7:00pm –​ 9:00pm The 3 kayas are the 3 bodies of a Buddha and are innate within us as our pristine Buddha nature. They are reflected in our daily life as our mind, body and emotions. Our awakening arises from all three of these aspects of our nature as they evolve and transform. When they are in a healthy relationship they become the basis for the embodiment of our natural capacity to serve the welfare of others.
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by Tubten Pende
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Meditation on Emptiness with Tubten Pende Sunday, 11:15am –​ 12:45pm March 11, 2018 April 8 June 10 July 8 August 12 September 9 October 7 The Buddha said that the realization of emptiness is the path to liberation, and combined with great compassion it is the path to buddhahood. Therefore, anyone who aspires for these goals must learn what emptiness is and become increasingly familiar with it through meditation. This is not easy as every moment we are not meditating on emptiness we are...
Topics: dharma, Tubten Pende
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by Ven. Robina Courtin
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Weekend Retreat: Finding Freedom and Ultimate Happiness with Ven. Robina Courtin Saturday, August 3 Sunday, August 4 10:00am – 5:00pm As His Holiness Dalai Lama says "all human beings have an innate desire to be happy and overcome suffering."   Isn't that the truth?  Join us to hear teachings on how to find this ultimate freedom and happiness for your life and to benefit others.   The weekend will consist of teachings, meditation and time for group discussions.   Ven. Robina's...
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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Geshe Thubten Sherab
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What Does it Mean to be a Mahayana Buddhist? with Geshe Thubten Sherab Five sessions over three days, February 5 – 7, 2021 Friday, February 5:     6:00pm PST (Pacific Standard Time) Saturday, February 6:     10:00am – 11:30am: morning session     1:00pm – 2:30pm: afternoon session Sunday, February 7:     10:00am – 11:30am: morning session     1:00pm – 2:30pm: afternoon session Having briefly explored how the Four Dharma Seals represent the heart of Buddhist philosophy, Geshe...
Topics: dharma, Geshe Thubten Sherab
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven Robina Courtin
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The Roadmap to Happiness with Ven. Robina Courtin Tuesday, November 24, 2015 7:00pm – 9:00pm We all want to be happy and avoid suffering.  Ven. Robina gives us a roadmap to achieve this goal based on the Lamrim (Stages of the Path) teachings in Tibetan Buddhism. This roadmap contains all the instructions to attain both temporal happiness and ultimate freedom from suffering.  It is a proven method which has been practiced by past great masters to achieve the supreme goal of Buddhahood.
Topics: dharma, Ven Robina Courtin
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by Don Isaacson
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Following in the Buddha's Footsteps with Don Isaacson Thursdays, 7:00pm–8:30pm starting on April 8, 2021 In this class we will study the fourth of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s series of books intended for Western and contemporary Asian students. The ​Library of Wisdom and Compassion is a special multivolume series in which His Holiness the Dalai Lama shares the Buddha's teachings on the complete path to full awakening that he himself has practiced his entire life. The topics are arranged...
Topics: dharma, Don Isaacson
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven. Gyalten Palmo
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Discovering Buddhism: Samsara and Nirvana with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm March 12 – April 23, 2019 (7 classes) In this module, we will explore the natures of  samsara  and  nirvana , investigate the  source of our problems and dissatisfaction, and learn how to move toward attaining a lasting state of peace and happiness. The terms  samsara  and  nirvana  describe how life is, and how it could be. We are all stuck in  samsara  — our lives seem to be an endless...
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by Don Handrick
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The Eight Pillars of Joy with Don Handrick Saturday, June 23, 2018 10:00am – 12:00pm, 2:00pm – 4:00pm Sunday, June 24, 2018 10:00am – 12:00pm, 2:00pm – 4:00pm In The Book of Joy , His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu discuss "true joy," which is a deeper and more dependable way of being that can be sustained and aid us through the many challenges of our lives. In the book, they outline eight pillars, or qualities, that are needed to cultivate true joy and...
Topics: dharma, Don Handrick
Introduction to Contemplative Practice: ​The Four Immeasurable Thoughts with Ven. Thubten Khadro Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm March 24 – April 21, 2021 ​(5 sessions) ​All times are PDT (Pacific Daylight Time). ​​This series will include meditations to settle, calm and quiet the mind and contemplative meditations to open the heart. For the latter, we will use the Four Immeasurable Thoughts of Equanimity, Loving/Kindness, Compassion and Joy.
Topics: dharma, Ven Thubten Khadro
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by Ven Losang Gendun
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Vipassana Retreat with a Bodhisattva Motivation with Ven. Losang Gendun Saturday, June 6, 2015 12:00pm - 4:30pm The Buddha called Vipassana the heart of his teachings. Also known as Insight Meditation this is the practice that connects all the major Buddhist traditions. Although mindfulness is often singled out in the modern Western context, the traditional texts describe a multidimensional approach flanking this mental tool by profoundly human capacities such as introspective awareness,...
Topics: dharma, Ven Losang Gendun
How To Series: Planning for Later Life and End of Life from a Buddhist Perspective Thursdays, 7:00pm–9:00pm February 23, 2017: Session 1 with Judy Weitzner March 2, 2017: Session 2 with Ven. Drimay Gudmundsson March 9, 2017: Session 3 with Judy Weitzner When suddenly one day one of your loved ones dies and you don’t know what to do to help, you’ll feel so confused, so lost. This made me think that knowing how to help others at the time of death is such important education to have. By...
Topics: dharma, Ven Drimay, Judy Weitzner
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Glen Svensson
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Nature of the Mind with Glen Svensson November 14 – 15, 2014 What is the nature of the mind? And why do we need to understand and realize this? Currently we are the slaves of our mind – dominated by mental afflictions such as anger, craving and confusion and often overwhelmed by negative thoughts, emotions and memories. And as such we experience a lot of dissatisfaction and suffering in our life. By coming to realize the conventional nature of our mind – that our mind is clear and knowing...
Topics: dharma, Glen Svensson
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by Don Isaacson
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Approaching the Buddhist Path with Don Isaacson Thursdays, 7:00pm–8:30pm March 22, 2018 April 12–May 3 May 24–June 14 July 5–July 26 August 23, September 6 September 27–October 18 November 8–December 6 (no class November 22) December 27–January 17, 2019 February 7–28 (no class February 14) March 28, April 11–25 This class will study the first in a series of books on the Stages of the Path (Lam Rim) by the Dalai Lama and Thubten Chodron, that is especially suited for...
Topics: dharma, Don Isaacson
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by Emily Hsu
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Discovering Buddhism: Introduction to Tantra with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm August 18 – September 22, 2015 No class on September 8 (5 classes) In this module, we will learn what Buddhist tantra is, how it works, and some of the main elements of tantric practice. We will get a broad overview of the four classes of tantra, learn how to practice simple tantric methods, and discuss how to integrate the practices of tantra with lam-rim meditation for optimal results. We will also...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
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by Emily Hsu
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Discovering Buddhism: Death and Rebirth with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm July 12 – August 9, 2016 (5 classes) Although death is inevitable, rarely do we spend time preparing for it. According to the teachings of the Buddha, it is possible to die fearlessly, to approach death as a powerful positive spiritual experience, and to eventually overcome death completely. In the Discovering Buddhism "Death and Rebirth" module, we will explore how to face death without fear by...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
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by Ven Robina Courtin
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Refuge and Lay Vows with Ven. Robina Courtin Saturday, November 21, 2020: Teaching on Refuge and Lay Vows         10:00am - 12:00pm: session 1         1:30pm - 3:30pm: session 2 Sunday, November 22, 2020: Refuge and Lay Vows Ceremony         10:00am - 12:00pm Driven by the wish to develop our marvelous potential for buddhahood, our first formal step is to take refuge in, rely upon, the Buddha, his teachings, and the community of fellow practitioners: the Three Jewels:...
Topics: dharma, Ven Robina Courtin
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by Sera Lachi Monks
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Chittamani Tara Puja with Sera Lachi Monks Tuesday, May 13, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm Five monks from Sera Lachi (the combined monasteries of Sera Me and Sera Je in India) are on a World Peace Tour in the United States, performing prayers and rituals to benefit all living beings. They are currently in the area and have kindly agreed to perform a Chittamani Tara Puja at our center. The Geshes will perform the puja in Tibetan. Join us at this auspicious event and share in the positive energy created....
Topics: dharma, Chittamani Tara Puja, Sera Lachi Monks
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by Ven Angie Muir
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Prostration Mantra OM NAMO MANJUSHRIYE / NAMAH SUSHRIYE / NAMA UTTAMA SHRIYE SVAHA (3x) Refuge and Bodhichitta Prayer SANG GYÄ CHHÖ DANG TSHOG KYI CHHOG NAM LA      I go for refuge until I am enlightened JANG CHHUB BAR DU DAG NI KYAB SU CHHI      To the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Supreme Assembly. DAG GI JIN SOG GYI PÄ SÖ NAM GYI      By my practice of giving and other perfections, DRO LA PHÄN CHHIR SANG GYÄ DRUB PAR SHOG      May I become a buddha to benefit all...
Topics: dharma, Ven Angie Muir
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by Ven Tenzin Namjong
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The Essence of a Human Life — Words of Advice for the Lay Practitioner with Ven. Tenzin Namjong Saturdays, August 22 – September 12, 2020 (four sessions) 9:00am – 10:30am PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) 9:30pm – 11:00pm IST (Indian Standard Time) This devotional poem written in the fourteenth century by Lama Tsongkhapa focuses particularly on the practices of the initial scope practitioner: precious human life, impermanence, death, and karma. Venerable Tenzin Namjong will give a commentary...
Topics: dharma, Ven Tenzin Namjong
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by Ven. Gyalten Palmo, Don Isaacson
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Discovering Buddhism: Mind and Its Potential with Ven. Gyalten Palmo and Don Isaacson online only Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm September 8 – October 6, 2020 (5 classes) We will:  examine what is “mind”, its nature and function, and how it affects our experience             of happiness and suffering.  explore the differentiation between mind and brain look at mind as the creator of our experiences consider the implications of possessing a mind that has no beginning and no end...
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by Emily Hsu
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Discovering Buddhism: Death and Rebirth with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm July 1 – 22, 2014 (4 classes) Although death is inevitable, rarely do we spend time preparing for it. According to the teachings of the Buddha, it is possible to die fearlessly, to approach death as a powerful positive spiritual experience, and to eventually overcome death completely. In the Discovering Buddhism "Death and Rebirth" module, we will explore how to face death without fear by learning...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
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by Ven Robina Courtin
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Cause and Effect with Ven Robina Courtin September 18, 1999
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by Ven Amy Miller
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Life As Practice: Making Every Moment Count with Ven. Amy Miller Thursday, March 21, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm Our Dharma practice is a living thing that can be expressed in every aspect of our lives. Whether awakened or not, our own innate wisdom lies at the cutting edge of our present state of consciousness. Aren’t we actually more conscious than we often express in our daily living? So why is it that we choose to manifest anything other than our full potential? Due to choosing to live lesser...
Topics: dharma, Ven Amy Miller
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven Tenzin Legtsok, Ven Tenzin Namjong
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Discovering Buddhism Open House with Ven. Tenzin Legtsok and Ven. Tenzin Namjong ​ Tuesday, May 18, 2021 7:00pm – 8:00pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) Ocean of Compassion is pleased to announce the beginning of a new cycle of the FPMT Discovering Buddhism Program.  The program will be taught by two monks who are nearing completion of their Geshe studies at Sera Jey Monastic University in India. The program will follow the official FPMT Discovering Buddhism curriculum.  The aim of the...
Topics: dharma, Ven Tenzin Legtsok, Ven Tenzin Namjong
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by Guy Newland
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Emptiness and Dependent Arising with Guy Newland Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Thursday, May 21, 2015 7:00pm – 9:00pm We suffer needlessly because we do not see things as they are. But in the Dharma things are shown to be empty. Is emptiness some sort of mystical nothingness? Or just another way to say that all things are connected? But in that case, why call it "emptiness?"  Emptiness seems to be a daunting topic, but liberation depends on deep familiarity with it. Here is a starting...
Topics: dharma, Guy Newland
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by Don Handrick
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Eight Steps to a Happy Life with Don Handrick Saturday and Sunday, May 2–3, 2020 10:00am–12:00pm: Morning Session (with short tea break) 12:00pm–1:30pm: Lunch Break 1:30pm–2:30pm: Teaching 2:30pm–3:00pm: Tea Break 3:00pm–4:00pm: Teaching The Noble Eightfold Path is one of the principal teachings of the Buddha and still has great relevance today, providing us with effective guidelines for how to live our lives and develop spiritually. In this weekend course we will explore these...
Topics: dharma, Don Handrick
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
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Q&A Interview with Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo Monday, March 1, 2021 7:00pm – 8:00pm PST (Pacific Standard Time) ​Please join us in the Gyalwa Gyatso Virtual gompa for this special event with Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. Questions will be submitted in advance.
Topics: dharma, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
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by Ven Robina Courtin
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Let's Get Real: What's Your Life's Purpose? with Ven. Robina Courtin Sunday, May 13, 2018 10:00am – 4:00pm Time to get real! ​ On Mother's Day, let's explore what our mothers (or mother figures) would have wanted for us. Peace, Love, Happiness? Or all the above? Come and investigate what's YOUR life's purpose in this life and beyond! Ven. Robina will teach, lead meditations and Q&A. Caution:  You may find your life's purpose.
Topics: dharma, Ven Robina Courtin
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by Emily Hsu
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Bodhisattva Activity — the Six Perfections with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm October 20 – December 8, 2015 (7 classes) What does a bodhisattva, or an aspiring bodhisattva, do? Once we decide we want to attain enlightenment in order to benefit others, then what? How/what do we practice?  The main practice of a bodhisattva, a compassionate warrior, is the six perfections: generosity, ethical discipline, patience, joyous effort, concentration and wisdom. By developing these to their...
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by Rob Preece
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Feeling Wisdom Working with Emotions Using Buddhist Teachings and Western Psychology with Rob Preece Monday, September 7, 2015 7:00pm – 9:00pm Our lives are frequently dominated by feelings and strong emotions. However, we receive conflicting information on how to deal with them. Even the Buddhist teachings seem to contradict themselves on this question: Are all our emotions fundamentally flawed and need to be counteracted with antidotes? Or can we rely on tantric methods to transform our...
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by Karuna Cayton
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Ask The Buddhist Therapist with Karuna Cayton Karuna Cayton, long-time Buddhist practitioner, therapist and author of The Misleading Mind presents interactive teachings and extended Q&A sessions on modern psychology versus Buddhist psychology. Interactive Live Stream Class. Friday, January 27, 2017: Introduction Friday, April 7, 2017: Anxiety Thursday, May 11, 2017: Anxiety Thursday, June 29, 2017: Loss and Grief Thursday, September 21, 2017: Depression Thursday, October 26, 2017:...
Topics: dharma, Karuna Cayton
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Rob Preece
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Exploring the Shadow with Rob Preece Monday, September 5, 2016 7:00pm – 9:00pm The shadow, according to Carl Jung, grows as we learn to suppress into the unconscious what is not acceptable in ourselves. He recognised that the degree to which we try to be “good” so that we are acceptable determines the depth of the shadow. How do we reconcile this psychological reality in the process of trying to become “good” Buddhists where we are taught to abandon what is unwholesome and cultivate...
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by Ven Thubten Chodron
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Finding Happiness through Wisdom with Ven. Thubten Chodron Sunday, October 23, 2016 10:00am – 5:00pm We all want to be happy. But how do we find happiness?     Ven. Thubten Chodron will speak on the causes of our dissatisfaction, re-defining success, happiness and love. Contentment cannot be found in external objects but through the wisdom of realizing our true nature. She will help us investigate this true nature of who we are, this “me” and its relationship to our surroundings.  From...
Topics: dharma, Ven Thubten Chodron
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Emily Hsu
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Discovering Buddhism: Presenting the Path with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm April 12 – May 24, 2016 no class on May 10 (6 classes) Module 3 of the Discovering Buddhism series, “Presenting the Path”, introduces the lam-rim , or the stages of the path to enlightenment. The lam-rim gives an overview of the entire path of the Buddha’s teachings and presents it in a logical, sequential way. We can see how all of the various teachings and methods of the Buddha fit together so that we...
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with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm January 15 – February 26, 2019 (7 classes) In order to make greater progress along the spiritual path, it is useful to begin a daily practice at home, at whatever level is realistic in your life. In this class, we will learn how to establish a daily practice that is balanced and is practical for you. This course will include the following topics: How to set up an altar  The various elements of a balanced practice Introduction to...
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by Ven Tenzin Chogkyi
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Deconstructing the Ego to Reconstruct the Self with Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi Tuesday, May 21, 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm Is it OK to have a healthy ego? What part of "me" am I trying to give up? And who am I, anyway? Everyone has a natural tendency to focus on "me" - my body, my feelings, and my thoughts. This focus has played a critical role in keeping each of us safe, alive and fed... and in developing our ego construct - the story we tell ourselves about who we are. But there comes...
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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven. Gyalten Palmo
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Discovering Buddhism: Death and Rebirth with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm June 26 – August 7, 2018  (7 classes) (no class July 24) Although death is inevitable, rarely do we spend time preparing for it. According to the teachings of the Buddha, it is possible to die fearlessly, to approach  death as a powerful positive spiritual experience, and to eventually overcome death  completely. In the Discovering Buddhism “Death and Rebirth” module, we will explore how to...
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by Ling Rinpoche
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The Three Principal Aspects of the Path His Eminence Ling Rinpoche Friday, August 31, 2018 6:00pm –​ 9:00pm Translator: Venerable Steve Carlier The profound text by Je Tsongkhapa explains that renunciation, bodhichitta and a correct view of emptiness are the three pathways of mind essential for reaching enlightenment through either the sutra or tantra vehicles of practice.
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by Kristina Mah
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Virtual Pilgrimage: Lawudo Guru Rinpoche and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Lawudo Pure Land Project with Kristina Mah and Ven. Robina Courtin Monday, November 9, 2020 7:00pm  and Wednesday, December 2, 2020 12:00 noon Pacific Standard Time Our Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche was born in 1946, within sight of the cave of the Lawudo Lama.  Kunzang Yeshe, was a married Ngakpa lama with a son and a daughter, while searching for a suitable place to meditate in solitude, he discovered a beautiful...
Topics: dharma, Kristina Mah, Ven Robina Courtin
Discovering Buddhism: How Things Exist – Wisdom of Emptiness with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm June 2 – June 30, 2015 (5 classes) The Buddha said that all of our problems are ultimately rooted in a misunderstanding of how things actually exist. This class will explore the nature of reality and how things really exist – emptiness – which is necessary if we want to end our problems forever. Take this opportunity to enhance your ability to bring about this realization, and learn...
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by Tubten Pende
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Guide to the Middle Way with Tubten Pende October 12, 2000 October 26, 2000
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by Guy Newland
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Everyday Emptiness: Practical Paths toward Peace with Dr. Guy Newland Tuesday, June 27, 2017 7:00pm – 9:00pm Join us for an engaging evening with Guy Newland, Ph.D., scholar of Tibetan Buddhism and professor at Central Michigan University since 1988. Dr. Guy Newland has authored, translated, and edited a number of publications on Tibetan Buddhism. He was a student of Jeffrey Hopkins. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Newland Dr. Guy Newland will share how we all hear how central...
Topics: dharma, Guy Newland
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by Jon Landaw
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Buddhism Made Easy: a Practical Introduction with Jon Landaw Sunday, 11:15am – 12:45pm August 31, 2014 September 21 October 26 November 23      What is Buddhism?  What are the fundamental teachings and the history of this spiritual tradition? In this series Jon Landaw will cover the main concepts of Buddhism without overwhelming you with technical jargon.  The topics are loosely based on his best-selling book “Buddhism for Dummies”. Everybody is welcome.  No background required. ...
Topics: dharma, Jon Landaw
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by Ven Tenzin Namsel
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Working Skillfully with Emotions Through Letting Be with Ven. Tenzin Namsel Friday, September 16, 2016 7:00pm – 9:00pm We all experience uncomfortable emotions that challenge us. At these moments it is important to have the tools to skillfully transform and work with our emotional content. Acknowledging, valuing and letting be with whatever we are experiencing can be a powerful tool for overcoming mental and emotional habits that cause us unnecessary suffering. Please join us for an evening...
Topics: dharma, Ven Tenzin Namsel
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven. Gyalten Palmo
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Discovering Buddhism: Bodhicitta with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm May 7 – June 25, 2019 (7 classes;  no class May 14 ) Learn the methods to generate the powerful minds of loving kindness, compassion and  bodhicitta.  Bodhicitta, the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of others, is  considered to be the heart of Buddha’s teachings.  Without developing this brave mind, one cannot attain enlightenment itself. This class explores this mind and how to...
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by Jon Landaw
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Discovering Buddhism: Introduction to Tantra with Jon Landaw November 26 – December 17, 2013 (4 classes) Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00pm We are delighted that Jon Landaw, editor of the book "Introduction to Tantra", will be teaching this module on tantra! Tantra (or Vajrayana) is regarded as the most advanced Buddhist vehicle to enlightenment. In this module learn what makes it such a powerful form of practice. Get a broad overview of the four classes of tantra and be introduced to a simple...
Topics: dharma, Jon Landaw
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by Mempa Yangdron Kalzang
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Tibetan Medicine Series with Mempa Yangdron Kalzang Learning your Constitution to Achieve Better Health Saturday, April 25, 2015 1:00pm – 2:30pm According to Tibetan Medicine, one of the world’s oldest healing traditions, the human body is composed of three forces (nyepas) that are responsible for mental and physical well-being. Everyone is born with a predominance of one or more of these forces or energies, referred to as the person’s constitution. Knowing your constitution and achieving...
Topics: Tibetan medicine, Mempa Yangdron Kalzang
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by Ven René Feusi
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Meditation on Mahayana Mindfulness with Ven. René Feusi Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10:00am – 5:00pm Sunday, October 29, 12:00pm – 5:00pm Awakening cannot happen in the past nor in the future, only in the very present moment. This present precious moment of awareness is gradually imbued with the self-esteem, universal compassion and the transcendental perception of how things exist. Through this meditative investigation of reality, one can find everlasting peace and purpose in our lives.
Topics: dharma, Ven René Feusi
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by Ven Angie Muir
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Medicine Buddha Puja with Ven. Angie Muir Sunday, February 10, 2019 2:00pm–3:30pm The Medicine Buddha represents an extremely powerful form of enlightened energy. The practices of Medicine Buddha are efficacious in healing and helping one to accomplish one’s goals successfully and can be of benefit to someone who is ill or who has died.
Topics: dharma, Ven Angie Muir
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by Ven. Gyalten Palmo
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Discovering Buddhism: Wisdom of Emptiness with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm January 7 – March 10, 2020 (no class February 25 & March 3) (8 classes) The Buddha explained how all of our problems are rooted in not understanding how things actually exist.  In this class we will explore not only how things exist, but also how we actually exist.  Once we are able to realize the truth about existence we will end our problems forever. The core of this understanding is —...
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by Tenzin Ösel Hita
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Public Talk on One Big Love with Tenzin Ösel Hita Saturday, August 10, 2019 1:00pm – 2:30pm You are invited to a special talk with Tenzin Ösel Hita who is the officially recognized reincarnation of Lama Yeshe, the founder of FPMT. Tenzin Ösel is also a former monk, a film-maker, a father, a skilled musician and a source of deep spiritual and practical inspiration to many worldwide.
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by Emily Hsu
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Discovering Buddhism: Ending Suffering with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm - 9:00pm April 23 - May 14, 2013 (5 classes) Practice class May 28 In this Discovering Buddhism class, we will investigate the source of our problems and how to eventually end them. We will explore what 'samsara' is and how we are stuck in it, and what 'nirvana' is and how to achieve it.
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Discovering Buddhism: Transforming Problems into Happiness with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm March 31 – April 28, 2015 (5 classes) In this Discovering Buddhism Module, we will explore how to use mind training techniques to transform problems into happiness, discover the source of our problems and thereby reduce them. We will see how problems can be transformed into causes for our own happiness and, in turn, lead to our ability to cherish and support others more naturally and...
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by Emily Hsu
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Discovering Buddhism: Expanding our Heart — Bodhicitta with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm February 17 – March 24, 2015 no class March 17 (5 classes) Learn the methods to generate the powerful minds of loving kindness, compassion and bodhicitta. Bodhicitta, the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of others, is considered to be the heart of Buddha’s teachings. Without developing this brave mind, one cannot attain enlightenment itself. This class explores this mind and how...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
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by Ven Angie Muir
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How To Series: Set Up an Altar with Ven. Angie Muir Thursday, April 27, 2017 7:00pm–9:00pm Altars are not just for temples! In order to develop/nurture our meditation we need the support of an altar and Holy Objects to inspire and energize our practice. Join us to find out how to set up your own altar and the special purpose and meaning behind the sacred objects such as statues and stupas.​
Topics: dharma, Ven Angie Muir